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Rise Up Central Kansas is a task force that focuses on prevention and intervention efforts that reduce the risk of substance abuse.  We focus on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) training because it has a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health.  We support strong families, promote positive social norms, collaborate with area agencies, provide evidence-based resources and training, and educate the risks associated with alcohol and drug use.

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The All-Stars Progam is specifically geared towards 6th graders and is in response to data indicating that this is the use of alcohol and drugs significantly increases between 6th and 8th grade; and research shows the later age someone begins to use substances, the less likely they will have problems later in life.

All-Stars prevents the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs, and works to give kids hope and envision a bright future for themselves. Research shows kids who have a clear vision for their future, know what they need to do to make it happen and believe risky behaviors will get in the way of it will more likely achieve the future they desire.  For more information, please call Juvenile Services at 620-793-1930.

All-Stars Prevention Program is implemented in the following schools :

·    USD 428: Eisenhower Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Park Elementary School, Riley Elementary School, and Great Bend High School. 

·    Private Schools: Central Kansas Christian Academy, Holy Family School

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Creating positive relationships between fathers and their children.

This initiative focuses on creating a spirit where every child has a 24/7 dad.  We promote responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships through lived experience, education, and skill-building.  We work to increase access and use of local health care and wraparound services across multiple local Barton County and surrounding agencies. 


This group meets regularly via teleconference. Get more information by calling Bev at (620) 793-1902.

The Fatherhood Initiative has the following goals:

  • Strengthen positive father-child engagement

  • Improve employment and economic mobility opportunities

  • Fosters responsible parenting and build healthy relationships, including couples and co-parenting and marriage.

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